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Book Review: The Realism Challenge, by Mark Crilley (Drawing & Painting Secrets)

August 03, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Tags: Review Artist Picture Art Book Drawing Painting Technique Sketching Objects Paint
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Today at DMR, we review the book The Realism Challenge, written by Mark Crilley. Personally, just from the title itself I found the book intriguing. I was curious; What's it about? What can it help me with? This book is great for anyone into art, and who wants to learn some awesome techniques.

The challenge behind the realism of this book is to make duplicate creations of every day items using an assortment of tools such as pencils, pencil crayons, watercolours, etc. The result of following the authors tips is that you get a life-like image that you have created by yourself.


The book definitely helps to give you the motivation to try something new and complete it. I found it fascinating. I am really into art, and I really enjoyed the author's styles used in explaining. He wrote with a tone which was very easy to understand. He wrote very simply, but yet complex enough, and was very informative; I found this to be helpful. Great awesome tips were provided. I believe that anyone who follows these tips, in the end, will be successful if they commit themselves.

The book is geared towards people who are into art and love to draw, or anyone looking for a new hobby. In the long run I found it to be a lot of fun. It can prove to be a challenge at times to complete, but you can't just give up. You have to keep going and follow the author's tips. If you do, you will prove to be successful!

The author had sections of art he covered in making the realistic creations by hand and he provided great examples. We will go over some of these very briefly, to give you an idea of some of the amazing techniques featured in this book. Don't worry, one of the good things is that the book explains exactly HOW to use these techniques, so you can go from knowing nothing about artistic realism, to someone who has a solid grasp of it.

Section 1 - Stimulating Shadows
I found this section very interesting. It was one of the more basic sections to complete. For example, he used the idea of drawing popcorn. Adding the shadows to your illustration brought in a very nice effect. I liked the end results which were achieved.

Section 2 - Adding Colour
This section was very fun. Adding colour is very important. It can add a nice effect to whatever you're drawing and make it look more realistic and vibrant.

Section 3 - Advanced Surfaces
An important section to read. Adding surfaces to the effects goes a long way in making the piece more realistic.


Section 4 - Transparent Objects
This one can prove to be more troublesome to complete. Depending on the thickness of the object you're creating you have to make sure you capture everything around it. It's a technique that can take some time to master.

Section 5 - Manufactured Objects
This Section for sure was the most difficult one to master. The example of chocolate bars showed many different areas to draw and capture, and it really can be a challenge! It's able to be mastered with patience, understanding and lots of practice.


The book was really great to read as well as fun. The author was awesome at giving tips and helping to master the drawing of these simple everyday objects.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in art or drawing for they are sure to enjoy it.


Purchase 'The Realism Challenge' via Amazon: www.amazon.ca/The-Realism-Challenge-Painting-Hyperrealism/dp/0385346298

About the Author of 'The Realism Challenge', Mark Crilley:

"MARK CRILLEY is the author of nearly twenty books and graphic novels, including Mastering Manga and Mastering Manga 2, as well as several series, including Akiko, Miki Falls, Billy Clikk, and Brody’s Ghost. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly’s “It List” in 1998, Crilley has developed a massive Internet following for his drawing demonstration videos, which have received well over two hundred million views on YouTube. His books have been featured in USA Today, the New York Daily News, and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News."

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